“Shake A Tail Feather” Performed by James & Bobby Purify (1967)

April 16, 2008

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James and Bobby Purify were Floridian cousins James Purify and Robert Lee Dickey. They recorded this cover of “Shake A Tail Feather””, composed by Otha Hayes/Verlie Rice/Andre Williams, which previously had charted for the Five Du-Tones in 1963 and has been covered by many other artists since — including The Ikettes, Ike & Tina Turner, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Cheetah Girls, Ray Charles, The Blues Brothers, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and the list goes on and on. And then and I know you remember it being used in the original “Hairspray” movie. Those dancing scenes were so kewl in that movie. (LOL).

The Purify’s cover version bested the original by going to #25 on the pop charts and #15 on the R&B charts.

So dance and sing-along to this feel good song:

Shake A Tail Feather Composed by Otha Hayes/Verlie Rice/Andre Williams

Well I heard about the fellow you’ve been dancin’ with
All over the neighborhood
So why didn’t you ask me baby?
Didn’t you think I could?

Well I know that the Boogaloo is outta sight
We gonna Shing a ling a ling tonight
Would it happen to me and you baby?
I wanna show you how to do it right…

Do it right. uh huh. do it right. do it right, do it right, do it right,
Do it right!


Twist it! shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it baby!
Here we go loop di loo!
Shake it out baby!
Here we go loop di lie!

Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather
Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather
Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather


[repeat chorus]

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